ERIC Number: EJ1175595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Affective Underpinnings of Surface Approaches to Learning and Their Relationship with Sensation Seeking
Robinson, Peter M.
Issues in Educational Research, v28 n2 p453-469 2018
Surface approaches to learning materials and tasks are a commonplace challenge to teachers, and they prove difficult to shift, even among students who are otherwise talented or motivated to learn. The present study investigates a theory that surface approaches are triggered by a suboptimal, aversive response to learning stimuli, which overrides external motivations and provokes avoidance responses akin to the drive for intensity and novelty of experience found among sensation seekers. The study finds a significant correlation between surface tendencies measured on a new scale and sensation seeking tendencies measured on the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS).
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Student Behavior, Student Reaction, Responses, Stimulation, Hypothesis Testing, Student Characteristics, Age Differences, Accounting, Foreign Students, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia